Sunday, November 26, 2017

American Cemetery - WWII - Luxembourg
Green Fields of France

In an email this week Raeburn Kennard mentioned the war history found in this part of France and gave us a link to the song "The Green Fields of France" by Liam Clancy.  In listening to the lyrics of the Clancy ballade our thoughts turned to the war cemeteries we have visited in the past year and a half.  The Clancy tune stuck in our minds  a bit and caused us to contemplate the lives that were cut short and what they could have been.  The blood of tens of thousands of young men, many American, has been shed in this part of France.

The timing for such meditation was good for the Thanksgiving holiday as it caused us to relate many of our blessings to the struggles for freedom that have blessed our lives.  We should all be grateful that there were so many willing to fight and die for the cause of freedom.  Many died that we might live in freedom from tyranny!  We are grateful for the reverent reminders of sacrifice for freedom that we find here in northern France.

The photos included here are among our thoughts as to what the "Green Fields of France" are.  The great and striking sense of reverence we felt at each of these cemeteries generated feelings of humility and gratitude within us.
French Cemetery - WWI - Verdon, France
We were also grateful to see the wonderful job the United States Government does in making our foreign Military Cemeteries so beautiful and inspiring.  We can be proud.  God bless America!
Meuse Argonne American Cemetery - WWI - Romange-sous-Montfaucon, France
Stained Glass Nativity

We are grateful for the Christmas Season and the reminder it provides of the Savior and His birth.   We find that the nativity scene nudges us towards a more spiritual and meaningful Christmas.  We are striving to do better at feeling the Spirit of Christ and the nativity helps us with that.  We hope it will help you also.

Without the birth of Christ, we would lack His teaching, example and atoning sacrifice.  What a wonderful blessing the Savior is for each of us.  He provides us hope, peace and love.  We are thankful for the restored gospel as found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as it offers us knowledge and understanding of Christ's mission and our potential.
Stained Glass Nativity - Cathedral Notre-Dame - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
In the Book of Mormon we read in 2 Nephi 19:6;
    "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son in given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Gather, The Prince of Peace."  And so He is.

The stained glass nativity of the Cathedral Notre-Dame in Luxembourg City, as is usual in this part of the world, depicts the Christmas story in two parts.  The shepherds hastened to find the Savior of the world and the wise men traveled from afar to worship him.  The shepherds were wise and the wise men were humble.  May we be wise and humble enough to seek the Savior and come unto Him.
Stained Glass Nativity - Cathedral Notre-Dame - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Coq of the Week

This weeks coq may come across a bit flat, but, as with his brothers and cousins, he remains faithful and diligent.  We are confident the citizens of Ecordal, France are grateful for all he does atop the Church Saint-Remi.  This guy's style is a bit robust.......thank goodness........seems he has taken a ball or two.     Nonetheless, he remains unruffled in his determination to fulfill his purpose.   May we each understand and strive to fulfill our purpose in life.
Coq Girouette - Eglise Saint-Remi - Ecordal, France

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos of the World War I cemeteries. Very inspirational and sobering. Makes me want to visit that part of France! I hope you don't mind that I shared this post on facebook. I think it's a shame that your wonderful post is not seen by more people! Raeburn Kennard